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The End of the World

Science and Ethics of Human Extinction

By John Leslie

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Format: Hardback, 320 pages
Other Information: bibliography, index
Published In: United Kingdom, 28 March 1996
This work assesses the many disasters that scientists have predicted and speculated on as leading to apocalypse. It surveys potential catastrophes, ranging from deadly diseases to a high energy physics experiment sucking away the atmosphere. One of the greatest threats facing humankind, however, is the insurmountable fact that we are a relatively young species, a risk which is at the heart of the "Doomsday Argument". This argument, if correct, makes the dangers we face more serious than we could have ever imagined. This more than anything makes the arrogance and ignorance of politicians, and indeed philosophers, so disturbing as they continue to ignore the manifest dangers facing future generations.

Table of Contents

Introduction, 1. War, Pollution, Disease, 2. Other Dangers, 3. Judging the Risks, 4. Why Prolong Human History? 5. The Domesday Argument, 6. Testing the Argument, 7. Prisoner's Dilemma and Nuclear Revenge, Bibliography, Index of Names, Index of Concepts.


"For a book dealing with human extinction and probability theory, "The End of the World is remarkably high-spirited and engaging.."-Georffrey Gorham Cornell College "Philosophy in Review/Comptes rendus philosophiques "John Leslie has written a marvellously provocative book."-Martin Rees, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge ..."a fun read."-"New York Times Book Review

EAN: 9780415140430
ISBN: 0415140439
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 22.43 x 14.71 x 3.05 centimetres (0.52 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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